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Three Kings Day in Germany, Epiphany
January 5 is Twelfth Night and is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
'Three Kings Day' Cake Recipe
Dreikoenigstag, Epiphany, brings to an end the Christmas season and in many regions of Germany and German speaking countries one tradition for the day is a King's Cake, and 'crowning' as "King for the Day" whoever finds the hidden Christkind figure, or dried white bean, in their portion.
Celebrating New Year in Germany
A New Years Eve in Germany. There are traditions old, new, some based on customs from the pagan past and they are all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. So here's how a German "Silvester" is celebrated.
Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" - filled with celebration and age old customs. A rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.
German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts plaetzen. Traditional "Holiday Cookies", or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.
Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory
Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration for the pre-history agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle. It pre-dates Stonehenge by at least two millennia and is probably the world's oldest solar observatory.
Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.
Germany's Christmas Markets, Weihnachtsmaerkte
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
German Caramelized Almonds Recipe
Caramelized Almonds, freshly cooked from a festival or street side stall or made at home. Delicious candied almonds enjoyed throughout the year, but during Advent not only the air at Weihnachtsmaerkte is filled with the aroma of Gluehwein and Gebrannte Mandeln, they are an unbeatable combination.
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